Patrick Lynch, e-Learning Coordinator at the University of Hull writes:
Another peculiar, well at least to me, aspect of the community is the presence of strong commercial partners. Whilst much of the development of Sakai is shared around the community, there are a number of pretty serious commercial partners offering Sakai as a service. Interestingly they don’t seem to hold any extra power within the community. I suppose that what non-hosted users want will match pretty well with what hosted users want. I guess that we are all heading in the same direction. The professionalism of these partners and their contribution not just to the technical development side, but to the teaching and learning community is awesome.